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Japanese Style Fish Eating

How to Eat Fish

1.Basic Concepts of Japanese Cuisine

1.To express a sense of the season.

2.To use a variety of food materials.

3.To think 5taste,5sense,5color,5ways

5 taste: sweet, salty, sour ,bitter, hot
5 sense:color, sound, smell, warmth, coolness
5 colors: white ,black, yellow, red, blue
5ways: broil, simmer,fry, steam, vineger

2.There are 5 Major Ways for Cooking Fish

OuOutline of Cooking

Proper Fish

Raw

1.SASHIMI
Slice raw fish .

Cut fillet of fish to flat-cut or square cut .
Eat with a dip of soy sauce and grated Japanese horse radish

2.SUZUKE/SUJIME

Vinegered Fish
Slice raw or boiled octopus or fish meat drop into vineger solutuion(vineger 1: soysauce1: dashi soup or water 2 of table spoon). If it need , sugar is added slightly .

1.Tuna,Bonito,Yellow Tale. SeaBream, Squid

2.Octopus,boiled, Squid, Fillet of Sea Bream, Sardine ,Mackerel

YAKIZAKANA
Broiled fish
Grilled fish


1.In case of Whole body(Small fish)

Draw the entrails and wash with water to remove remaining organs and blood, and pat dry.
Sprinkle salt slightly and broil it.

In case of fillet
Cut in proper size and sprinkle salt sligtly ,and broile it..
(Very Simple!)

SHIOYAKI
(with salt)
TERIYAKI(with soy sauce,sake, and sugar)
1.Horse- Mackerel, Sardine, Sea Bream, Flatfish, Mackerel

2.Mackerel, Salmon, Scabbard fish
Yelow tale (good for
TERIYAKI)

Simmer
NIZAKANA

Simmer Fillet or cleaned whole body of small fish(above mentioned) with soy sauce , sake(rice wine) ,dashi soup or water and sugar if it need .It is highly recommended to add some pieces of ginger to reduce fishly odor.
Sea Bream,
Scabbard fish, Mackerel, Cod, Yellow tale , Bonito, Flatfish,
Horse- Mackerel, Sardine, Squid,Octopus

Deep Fry

1TENPURA

Coat the piece of fillet of fish or shrimp with flour solution(egg + ice water 1: flour1) and fry them with enough hot vegetable oil at the temperature of 330-340F.

2FURAI
Fried with bread crumbs
Coat the piece of fillet of fish or shrimp with stirred egg and then with bread crumbs .Fry them as Tenpura.

3.KARAAGE
Fried as they are.
Pat dry cleaned whole body of small fish or proper size of fillet with flour sligtly.
Fry as Tenpura.
In case of small fish,it is recommended to fry enough to eat even fish bone .

1. Shrimp(very popular), Sardine, Squid (peel and dry with flour to avoid explosion), Sillago,Pond smelt, Clam

2. Shrimp(very popular),
Sardine, Squid (peel and dry with flour to avoid explosion),
Tuna,Salmon, Horse- Mackerel, Scallop

3.Horse- Mackerel (wholebody), Flatfish,
Small Shrimp, Scabbard fish, Mackerel

Steam
SAKAMUSHI

Steamed with sake(rice wine)
Sprinkle fillet with sake and salt and leave them as they are for about ten minuites.
Steam over high heat in a preheated steamer.
Snapper,Sea Bream,Mackerel, Cod ,Clam

3.Recipe

A.Preparation of Fish

Three-Piece Cut of Mackerel
Five-Piece Cut of Halibut

B.Recipe of Each Dish

(1)RAW

SASHMI

Sashimi is the one of popular foods in Japan and is cooked by very simple method. It is sliced raw fish,cut in Saappropriate sizes, which are dipped in soy sauce with grated Japanese horse radish(wasabi) and eaten.

I guess you may hesitate to eat sashimi if you have a chance to eat it. I recommend you to try it but carefuly check the freshness of them.Materials used for sashimi are always chosen with special attention ,for it is most important that they should be fresh. It determines the proficiency of the cook's skill how to select and prepare high quality ingredients .Generaly Japanese cuisine are so simple that make use of the quality of the material most effectively.

Japanese people likely eat maguro (tuna).hamachi(yellow tale),katsuo(bonito),ika(squid)as sashimi. If you can get fresh fish avove mentioned ,please try eat them as sashimi. When you try sashimi,please don't forget soy sauce.Although Japanese horse radish has substitute such as horse radish and ginger ,but soy sauce is essential for sashimi.

If you put a piece of sashimi on a rice block (seasoned by vinegar and sugar),you can easily make a sushi .The following is sushi of Tuna(MAGURO SUSHI in Japanese).As you know ,sushi is healthy food and Tuna is also good for health because which highly containes omega 3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA good for our cardiovascular system and brain.

Maguro Sushi(Sushi of Tuna)


SASHIMI(by MITSUBISHI)
Yasuko-san's Home Cooking/Sashimi - squid
Sashimi(Schauwecker's guide to Japan)
seafood
Attention !
Notes on Sushi and Parasites


(2)BROIL/GRILL

Photo is Salt-Broiled Saury
Draw the entrails and wash with water to remove remaining organs and blood, and pat dry.
Sprinkle salt slightly and broil it.

Eat as it is or put soy sauce with grated DAIKON(in Japanese)radish.

 

 



Yasuko-san's Home Cooking/Baked horse mackerel with sweet soybean paste
Yasuko-san's Home Cooking/Grilled yellowtail's kama
Yasuko-san's Home Cooking/Grilled squid stuffed with arms and welsh onion
Yasuko-san's Home Cooking/Grilled yellowtail with teriyaki sauce
Broiled salmon with miso(soybean paste)

(3)SIMMER

SFillet or cleaned whole body of small fish with soy sauce , sake(rice wine) ,dashi soup or water and sugar if it need .It is highly recommended to add some pieces of ginger to reduce fishly odor.

 

 

 

 



Yasuko-san's Home Cooking/Simeered yellowtail in soy sauce
Yasuko-san's Home Cooking/Simmered cod roe


(4)DEEP FRY

1)TEMPURA

Coat the piece of fillet of fish or shrimp with flour solution(egg+ice water 1:flour1) and fry them with enough hot vegetable oil at the temperature of 330340.

 

 

 

 


Japanese Cuisine
TEMPURA
Tempura Recipe
Tokyo Food Page -- Tempura Recipe

2)FURAI/Fry with bread crumbs

Coat the piece of fillet of fish or shrimp with stirred egg and then with bread crumb .Fry them as Tenpura.

 

 

 

 



Tokyo Food Page -- Tonkatsu Basics
The procedure of cooking TONKATU is as same as FURAI of fish. Since the difference is only that Tonkatsu uses pork meat instead of fish meat, you can learn the way of cooking on FURAI of fish by this recipe..

3)KARAAGE/Fry as they are.

Pat dry cleaned whole body of small fish or proper size of fillet with flour sligtly.
Fry as Tenpura.
IIn case of small fish,it is recommended fry enough to eat even fish bone

 

 

 

 

Fish bone is also able to eaten and supplies calcium.

 

 

 

 

 





Deep fried small shrimp is aromatic and rich with chitine and chitosan which inhibit intestinal abosorption of cholesterol.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Yasuko-san's Home Cooking/Deep-fried squid ring
Yasuko-san's Home Cooking/Deep-fried mackerel with sweet vinegar sauce

Hot News!!

The American Heart Association is recommending people eat fish twice a week ,especially fatty fish (containing rich amount of omega- 3 fatty acid ) such as Salmon and Tuna.
CNN.com - Health - Heart experts' advice: Eat more fish in a balanced diet - October 5, 200

 

My One Point Advice:

1.Simple is best for making use of material most effectively.

2.It is recommended to take vitamin E rich foods or supplement if you eat fish too much.